2023 Acura Integra vs. Honda Civic: How They Compare

The return of the Integra nameplate to the Acura lineup has sparked a lot of discussion. Is it a real Integra? Can it live up to the reputation of its predecessors? And, perhaps most pertinently, how does it compare to the Honda Civic it’s based on?

We decided to answer this question by comparing the specs, features, and results of the 2023 Integra and the 2022 Civic in our various tests. There are many similarities between the two in terms of mechanical components, but there are significant differences in their market positioning, pricing, and configurations.

Jessica Lynn WalkerCar and driver

Michel SimariCar and driver

Engine and gearbox

The Integra’s only engine choice is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four. While the Civic comes standard with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four, the same turbo engine found in the Integra is found in the EX, Touring, Sport Touring and Si trim levels of the Civic. The Acura’s tune is identical to the Si’s engine, as both produce 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.

Where the Integra differs from the Civic is in its transmission choices. Both offer a six-speed manual transmission, but the Acura is unique in combining the 200 horsepower version of this engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Civic Si sedan is manual only. The automatic transmission is standard on the Integra, while the manual option requires the addition of the A-Spec and Technology packages. Among non-Si Civic models, the manual transmission is only available with the Sport and Sport Touring versions of the hatchback model.

Performance

As you’d expect with two cars that are mechanically similar, the Integra and Civic performed within a few ticks of each other in our various performance tests. The Integra manual accelerated to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which fits nicely between the Civic Si’s 6.8-second sprint and the Civic Sport Touring manual hatchback’s 7.3-second run.

Michel SimariCar and driver

The more performance-oriented Civic Si stood out from the Acura in our skid test, however, thanks in large part to its optional summer tires. It gripped to the tune of 0.94g, while the Integra A-Spec could only manage 0.88g on its all-season tires. The Civic Si’s braking performance was also significantly better than the Integra’s, as it stopped from 70 mph in 160 feet to the Acura’s longer 178-foot result.

MPG

According to the EPA, the most efficient versions of the Civic and Integra are the models equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and continuously variable automatic transmission. The Civic is more economical, earning up to 36 mpg combined, while the Integra is rated at up to 33 mpg combined. Opting for the manual transmission drops those numbers by a few mpgs.

Features

If you compare the higher trim levels of the Civic with the lower ones of the Integra, the equipment lists seem quite similar. But the Acura offers a few optional features that can’t be found on the Civic, including a head-up display, a premium ELS audio system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. These are all included in the package. Technology. Mechanically, the Integra also offers adaptive dampers which are not available on the Civic; these offer more adjustment for the suspension when you select different riding modes.

Jessica Lynn WalkerCar and driver

Michel SimariCar and driver

Price

The Civic’s $23,645 base price and the Integra’s $31,895 base price are $8,250 apart. But the Civic you get for that low starting price is an LX sedan without a lot of equipment and the base 158 horsepower engine. The most comparable model is the Civic EX-L hatchback, which has the same turbo engine as the Integra and starts at $28,345.

The Civic hatchback in its fully-equipped Sport Touring version costs $31,145 whether you choose the manual or automatic transmission. The Integra’s price goes up if you add the $2000 A-Spec or $3000 Technology package; both are needed if you want the six-speed manual transmission, which makes this car priced at $36,895 to boot.

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